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Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University. Her research connects theoretical insights to puzzles in our current understanding of the properties and interactions of matter. She[…]

Greed has been a major motivating factor, says Randall.

Lisa Randall: I mean ultimately . . . That’s a really difficult question. I think there are some people that really try to make the world better. I think there are some people who are greedy. There are some people that think they know the answers and want the world to be (46:13) the way they see it. I think that some people just believe in beauty and try to make the world more beautiful. And I think there’s . . . I do think there’s sort of a general curiosity. There’s a desire for information that people have. And I think that also shapes the world – wanting to explore or wanting to know things better; wanting to share more information; wanting to be in touch. I mean if you look at a lot of the communication advances, people like being in touch. And I think . . . So I mean you know one can say forces like religion, but I think . . . you know I think it’s more economic forces that are driving it in some ways. And for people . . . I guess most people want to be able to shape their own destiny. I think to the extent that people feel in control, or have influencing power, they’re happier. I think people wanna be around people they feel comfortable with. That shapes the world too. Recorded On: 11/2/08